We were recently scolded by a passerby for having children with life jackets on the front deck of a pontoon boat while moving forward at idle speed. When I say on the front deck, I mean beyond the front door of the pontoon rails. On our specific boat we have about four feet of of deck beyond the front rails and door. This person said everyone "must be inside the cage" when underway.
This person insisted we were irresponsible idiots and that what we were doing was breaking the law.
I can find nothing in the Wisconsin handbook to boat regulations that would seem to cover this egregious wrong doing on our part. If someone could point me to the written regulation I will stand down.
Two supervised children in life jackets, within arms reach of their parents, on a pontoon boat that was going 1.8 mph and the disgust on this guys face could not have been worse.